Updated August 18, 2021
Average Teacher Salary
$46,000 yearly
$22.41 hourly

Entry level Salary
$33,000 yearly
10 %
90 %
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PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$64,000$5,333$31
75th Percentile$55,000$4,583$26
25th Percentile$39,000$3,250$19
10th Percentile$33,000$2,750$16

Average Teacher Salary By State

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Teacher average salary by State

StateAvg. salaryHourly rateJob Count
District of Columbia$56,069$26.96174
New Hampshire$42,345$20.36216
New Jersey$48,914$23.521,156
New Mexico$37,554$18.05236
New York$56,674$27.251,164
North Carolina$35,623$17.13827
North Dakota$40,443$19.4421
Rhode Island$48,687$23.4160
South Carolina$37,552$18.05383
South Dakota$35,150$16.9017
West Virginia$37,372$17.9723

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Highest Paying Cities For Teacher

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CityAvg. salaryHourly rate
New York, NY$57,022$27.41
Washington, DC$56,018$26.93
San Francisco, CA$55,995$26.92
Baltimore, MD$55,495$26.68
Boston, MA$55,198$26.54
Portland, OR$50,072$24.07

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How much does a Teacher make?

The average Teacher salary is $46,618 per year, or $22.41 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $33,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $64,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, California, and Connecticut provide the highest Teacher salaries.

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    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Substitute School Teacher

    Avg. salary: $29,815

    A substitute teacher is liable for providing learning instruction and managing classroom settings in the absence of the regular teacher. They are responsible for checking student attendance, explaining homework, and maintaining classroom cleanliness. They generally report to the principal at the school to which they are assigned. They plan and prepare lesson plans and teach students a variety of subjects, including English, science, and mathematics. Moreover, they ensure that the students are disciplined, and talk with parents and discuss the progress.
    70,574 Substitute School Teacher Jobs
    Math And Science Teacher

    Avg. salary: $48,677

    Math and Science Teachers are responsible for imparting knowledge and developing a student's skills in mathematics and science. Their duties include creating lessons, producing learning materials, sourcing supplies, and grading examinations and quizzes. They develop student progress reports, provide constructive feedback, and work with parents to inform a student's educational development. Math and Science Teachers must ensure awareness of special educational needs and health and safety regulations related to subject teachings.
    66,119 Math And Science Teacher Jobs
    Summer School Teacher

    Avg. salary: $53,106

    A Summer School Teacher is a teacher who works during the summer period. They develop and implement schemes of work and lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives. Generally, they have the same duties as a school teacher.
    59,002 Summer School Teacher Jobs

    Avg. salary: $31,775

    A teacher-in-training is a teaching professional who offers technical teaching assistance to teachers in developing effective behavior management and instructional strategies to support student learning. The teacher must collaborate with principals while employing diverse techniques to increase the effectiveness of student learning. By observing classes and then giving feedback to teachers about their teaching style, classroom management, and techniques are some of the responsibilities of a teacher-in-training. The teacher must also develop a wide array of curriculum materials and lesson plans for classroom instruction.
    138,108 Teacher-In-Training Jobs
    Substitute Teacher

    Avg. salary: $33,245

    Substitute teachers are responsible for filling in the role of regular teachers who will not be able to come to school. They may be engaged short-term or long-term, depending on the need. Substitute teachers should have a deep understanding of the topics that are related to the subject matter and are appropriate to the learning level of the student. They should be able to advance the lessons while the regular teacher is unavailable. At times, they are required to create their own lesson plans. Substitute teachers should have the skills of regular teachers. They should also be flexible and adaptable.
    63,750 Substitute Teacher Jobs
    Head Start Teacher

    Avg. salary: $30,390

    A head start teacher is responsible for organizing lectures and monitoring classroom operations for students with financial difficulties. Head start teachers have the same roles as regular teachers, such as preparing lesson plans, conducting assessments to test the students' knowledge, documenting their progress, and planning group activities to observe their personal and social behaviors. They also coordinate with the students' parents to share the child's difficulties and strategize methods to enhance capabilities. A head start teacher must have excellent communication skills, especially in attending to students for their needs and encouraging them to reach their maximum potentials.
    55,099 Head Start Teacher Jobs
    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Substitute School Teacher$29,815$2,485$14.3370,574
    Math And Science Teacher$48,677$4,056$23.4066,119
    Summer School Teacher$53,107$4,426$25.5359,002
    Substitute Teacher$33,245$2,770$15.9863,750
    Head Start Teacher$30,390$2,533$14.6155,099
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    If you want to get paid the most as a Teacher, being employed by a company such as Visitation Academy of St. Louis or Denver Public Schools would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Lake Zurich High School and New York State Education Department also report highly competitive salaries for Teachers.

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    Average Teacher Salary by Demographic

    Teacher Gender Pay Gap

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    Median Teacher Income by Race
    Asian Teachers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or African American Teachers have the lowest average salary at $52,341.
    Black or African American
    Hispanic or Latino
    Black or African American$52,341
    Hispanic or Latino$54,395
    Average Teacher Salary by Education Level
    Teachers with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $54,496 annually. With a Masters degree, Teachers earn a median annual income of $52,171 compared to $42,657 for Teachers with an Bachelors degree.
    Bachelor's Degree
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    Doctorate Degree
    Bachelor's Degree$42,657
    Master's Degree$52,171
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    Teacher Salaries FAQs

    Can you make 100k as a teacher?

    Yes, you can make $100k working as a teacher. While most teachers in the U.S. make around $60,000 a year, some teachers can acquire paychecks of $100,000 or more. A teacher's salary can depend on the school district, level of education, experience, and the teaching job.

    Most teachers don't walk into the role seeking a lucrative salary, but like everyone else, they do welcome opportunities to advance. Some teachers move into higher-paying jobs, like teaching special education or middle or high school students.

    Some teachers may also continue their education and become principals or teach at a university or college level.

    According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average pay is highest for teachers in public elementary and secondary schools. Some of the highest-paid states include California at $84,659, New York ($87,543), and Washington D.C. ($79,350).

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